Dangerous high wind conditions can be a major cause of highway crashes and trucks blowing over, putting lives at risk and, in the case of places such as Wyoming, jeopardizing America’s freight.
A key location for the movement of goods both across the country, Wyoming is the home of such important routes as Interstate 80, or I-80, a major corridor for east-west freight movement. Approximately 11,000 to 16,000 vehicles travel this corridor every day, with more than 32 million tons of freight transported per year.
That’s why this important freight corridor is one of three pilot sites under the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program to deploy, test, and operationalize cutting-edge connected vehicle applications. Along with fellow pilot sites New York City and Tampa, Florida, these three unique areas will demonstrate how connected vehicle technology can address a wide-range of transportation needs from one of the nation’s most densely populated areas (New York City) to one of the least populated (Wyoming).
The Wyoming [external link] connected vehicle pilot focuses on the needs of commercial vehicle operators in one of the most rural regions of the country. The Wyoming Department of Transportation [external link] is developing applications that use connected vehicle technology to support a range of services, including roadside alerts, parking notifications, and dynamic travel guidance. The technology being deployed in the Wyoming pilot is expected to reduce the number of truck blowing over due to high winds and other adverse weather-related incidents in the corridor, while simultaneously improving safety and reducing incident-related delays.
The pilot program is an important step in ensuring that drivers have the best information possible while travel. It may not only save America’s freight; it may also save lives.
To learn more about the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployments, please visit: https://www.its.dot.gov/pilots/.